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Jewish Community Mourns the Passing of Rabbi RBO Bat-Or

Rabbi RBO leaves a legacy any of us would be lucky to achieve — one marked by a deep drive to make the world a more just and equitable place.

Adam Eli Uses Jewish Roots, Ideology to Stand Up for Queer Community in Debut Book

In “The New Queer Conscience,” published in June, the 29-year-old shares that queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere.

JQ International Celebrates Pride Month and Juneteenth at Virtual Shabbat Event

On June 19, LGBTQ Jewish nonprofit JQ International brought music, poetry, prayer and meaningful conversations to its Shabbat service, welcoming more than 100 participants...

What’s Happening: Shofar Workshop, Itzhak Perlman, Comedy Film

FRI SEPT 13 Rimonim Shabbat Come as you are to Valley Beth Shalom’s monthly Rimonim Shabbat and be prepared to leave transformed by the Rimonim-style singing,...

RBO: The Rabbi Who Eschews Conventional Gender Pronouns

In a world that can be difficult for those seen as different, Rabbi “RBO” Rachel Bat-Or’s calling is helping those who have struggled with...

Persian Senior Supports LGBTQ Jewish Community

Editor’s note: Nora Rakow was nominated for our seniors’ edition. However, the person who nominated her didn’t realize Rakow was too young to make...

What’s Happening: Rabbis on ‘Ties That Bind,’ ‘Shtisel’ Stars

FRI MAY 31 LGBTQ+ Pride Shabbat On the eve of Pride Month, JQ International holds its second annual “LGBTQ+ and Ally Pride Shabbat” at a private...

Unconditional Love: A Mother’s Day Story

Six years ago, Deborah Engel Kollin learned that her then-12-year-old son, Yoni, was gay. Four years later, Yoni came out as non-binary, identifying as...

JQ International Awards, Beit T’Shuvah Fundraiser

LGBTQ+ Jewish organization JQ International recently recognized five community leaders representing the best of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. “We take our job very...

Holocaust Survivors and LGBTQ Grandchildren Connect in ‘Boxes’

It may seem strange to say LGBTQ Jews and their Holocaust survivor grandparents have similar experiences. But an intimate short film titled “Boxes” reveals...

Masa Innovation Forum Highlights Israel as Hub for ‘Jobs of the Future’

More than 150 high-profile entrepreneurs, civic and faith leaders, philanthropists and young professionals gathered in Los Angeles Jan. 30 for the first-ever Masa Innovation...

Women’s March LA and D.C. Women’s March, Inc. Aren’t the Same Org

For those on the fence about whether to participate in the upcoming Women’s March Los Angeles on Jan. 19, Women’s March Los Angeles (WMLA)...

AJC Hosts Meeting Between L.A. Women’s March Leaders, Jewish Groups

Emiliana Guereca, executive director of Women's March Los Angeles (WMLA) met with several large Los Angeles Jewish organizations Jan. 9 at a meeting hosted...

Moving & Shaking: Holocaust Memories; Temple of the Arts Bash

The Conejo Valley community gathered at the new home of Valley Outreach Synagogue on April 15 for “Music and Memory,” a Yom HaShoah concert that...

Events in Los Angeles – Sept. 8-14: Jewish Cuba exhibit, “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico”

FRI | SEPT 8 “SHEBREW SHABBAT!” JQ International welcomes back “Shebrew Shabbat!” Celebrate Shabbat in style with women and queers from the local LGBT community and...

Federation raises more than $1 Million on Super Sunday

Despite facing stiff competition — a beautiful, sunny Sunday after a day of heavy rain as well as the tense political climate — more...

The shape of things to come: Jewish L.A. in 30 years

In commemoration of the Jewish Journal's 30th anniversary, Jewish leaders discuss their hopes and predictions for the next 30 years of L.A. Jewish life. Melissa...

JQ helpline responds to Orlando

“When the first responders arrived at Pulse, they called out: ‘If you’re alive, raise your hand.’”

Shavuot and Pride Week: A double holiday turns to grief

Jewish mysticism holds that every year at around midnight on Shavuot, the skies open up, as they did in the Torah story over Mount Sinai, for prayers to ascend to God.

Hate at the Creating Change Conference

After four years of attending the Creating Change Conference, I was shocked and dismayed by the anti-Semitism I experienced. Let me give you some background and then I will tell you what happened to me this past weekend.

JQ International opens its WeHo doors

It was 9 p.m. on a Thursday and Asher Gellis, founder of the out-and-proud nonprofit JQ International, was sitting on a barstool at Revolver, a West Hollywood hot spot, as scantily clad performers shimmied on tabletops.

LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community.

Moving and shaking: The Dead Sea Scrolls, JQ International, JIMENA and more

“Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” represents not only “the birth of modern Judaism but also of Christianity … and later, Islam. … So we’re really celebrating the Abrahamic traditions and monotheistic religions,” explained David Siegel, the consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, during a press conference last week.

A new resource for LGBT Jews

In 2009, nine years into Shelby Ilan-Pacheco’s marriage to her husband, she came to know with certainty something she had felt for so long.

An old story finds new life in LGBT haggadah

Asher Gellis talks about his life with a modest but clear-eyed sense of wonder that fits his role as a young community activist who...

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